Remembering when Bill Murray gatecrashed a bachelor party
Bill Murray gets around. The much-loved Hollywood actor’s behaviour away from the big screen has become a thing of urban myth, cult rumours spreading around his fanbase like a wildfire.
Murray’s cult status has grown stronger as he’s aged with numerous sightings of the actor randomly hanging out with fans, in the crowd at Kings of Leon concerts, photobombing engagement photos and, on one occasion, swinging by a bachelor party to pass on some advice to bunch of guys.
“Over Memorial Day weekend, 20 of my buddies from Boston College got together in Charleston for our friend EJ’s bachelor party,” Stephen, a member of the group told Deadspin. “At one point during dinner at a steakhouse, one guy goes to the bathroom downstairs and sees Bill Murray sitting with some people with a fishing vest on. We talked to the waiter to see if we could send him some drinks, to which Bill declined.
“One of my buddies then went down and asked if he’d come up and say a few words for EJ and got a ‘No thanks.’ My buddy comes back up dejected and tells us it’s not going to happen. Two minutes later, Bill fucking Murray walks into the room and gives this speech.”
If the idea of Bill Murray fine dining while rocking a fishing vest wasn’t enough, his impromptu speech will just about tip you over the edge. Offering advice to just about everyone except the groom, Murray began: “You know how funerals are not for the dead, they’re for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they’re for the uncommitted,” in his wonderfully unscripted speech to the group of guys.
Given the fact that the groom had already found he’s significant other, Murray turned to address the rest of the group to offer some words of advice on how to find that special somebody: “If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, ‘Okay, let’s pick a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world,” he explained.
“Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”